Arsenal star gives Bukayo Saka contract insight as cryptic hint dropped on future
The latest transfer news and rumours from Arsenal as the Gunners look to make decisions ahead of the summer window.
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Arsenal will look to extend their winning run in the Premier League to five games after a dramatic victory over Bournemouth last weekend kept their title bid on course.
The Gunners have not won the Premier League since 2004 but are in a strong position to end that run, as they hold a five-point lead over Manchester City with 12 games remaining.
Mikel Arteta’s side have Europa League duties to contend with on Thursday evening as they take on Sporting CP in Portugal. They will then prepare for a trip across London to take on Fulham on Sunday. Here are the latest Arsenal transfer news headlines on Thursday, March 9.
Martinelli predicts Saka will sign new Arsenal contract
Gabriel Martinelli is confident star Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka will commit his future to the club. Saka has enjoyed a fine campaign for the Gunners, scoring 11 goals and providing nine assists in all competitions.
Martinelli agreed a new deal at the Emirates Stadium last month and is hopeful his teammate will soon follow suit.
“I will be happy because he is a very, very good player, one of the best young players in the world,” he said. “He is at his house, you know. Arsenal is his home and for sure he is happy. And we will be happy as well if he stays and signs a new deal.”
Arsenal striker provides hint on future
Folarian Balogun has given a strong indication regarding his Arsenal future after sharing a post on Instagram claiming he will be ‘like a new signing’ next season.
The 21-year-old has netted 16 times in all competitions for Stade Reims this term. Only three players have scored more goals in Ligue 1 with the Arsenal loanee boasting more league goals than both Messi and Neymar.
Reims are fined £22k per match because of their head coach’s lack of qualifications. Manager William Still does not yet have his UEFA Pro Licence, with Reims fined every time they play as Ligue 1 rules state every manager in the top division must hold a licence with Still undergoing the process to earn his.
Balogun spent the second half of last season on loan with Middlesbrough, scoring three goals and providing three assists in 18 Championship appearances. He also featured in Boro’s memorable run to the FA Cup quarter-finals as they beat Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur before losing to Chelsea.